No bombs found on two airplanes following threat
Law enforcement officials found no bombs on two planes at Atlanta’s main airport after authorities received what they considered credible threats, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said Saturday. The threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived at Atlanta from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Ore., said Reese McCranie, a spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Both planes landed safely. The passengers were taken off the aircraft, and police bomb and canine teams examined both planes, authorities said. The threats were posted on the social media network Twitter, said Preston Schlachter, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. After being alerted, military officials sent two F-16 fighter jets from a base in South Carolina to escort the commercial aircraft to Atlanta.
Leftists ahead in last polls before election
Syriza, the radical left-wing party that has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece’s international bailout and end harsh austerity measures, held the lead in the last polls released ahead of today’s national election. The last nine polls published on Friday — the last day of campaigning — showed Syriza’s lead over the ruling New Democracy conservatives trending upward. Syriza led by anywhere from 2.8 to 6.7 percentage points. Syriza has taken advantage of widespread discontent over an economy that has shrunk by nearly a quarter and record-high unemployment.
Nurse who contracted Ebola leaves hospital
A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has been discharged from the hospital after making a complete recovery. Pauline Cafferkey said she was “happy to be alive” after more than three weeks in an isolation unit in London’s Royal Free Hospital. Cafferkey, a volunteer with the charity Save the Children at an Ebola treatment center, returned to Britain on Dec. 28. She was diagnosed with the virus shortly after, becoming the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on British soil.
Democrats will hold convention in July
The Democrats still don’t have a city for their 2016 presidential nominating convention, but they have dates. The Democratic National Committee on Friday said the convention will take place the week of July 25, 2016. It comes right after Republicans hold their convention in Cleveland the week before. The Democrats are deciding on a host city and are in final talks with New York, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio.
Indonesia: Indonesian rescuers lifted the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner nearly to the water’s surface before it sank to the ocean floor again when the lifting balloons deflated Saturday, a setback in the effort to recover more of the victims’ remains. Sixty-nine bodies have now been recovered from AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed Dec. 28 with 162 people on board.
Tacoma, Wash: A 32-year-old Tacoma man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he kicked his chihuahua so hard that it died. Nicholas Tresness was charged Friday night. Police said he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend on the phone and was so angry that he kicked the dog.